Julianavaas (1909) Simon Miedema
This carved Julianavaas was founded in memory of the birth of Princess Juliana on 30 April 1909. Two lion heads flank the base, while two satyr heads adorn the handles of the vase itself. The vase is also decorated with shell motifs and garlands, with which sculptor Simon Miedema refers to the 17e and 18e century garden vases. These vases decorated with shell motifs and festoons with plants referred to the three realms of nature: plant, animal and mineral. The satyr heads are mythological decorations that refer to forces of nature. Miedema produced more classical sculptures in Rotterdam, such as the statues for the Wilhelmina fountain. In 2018, the Julianavaas completely restored.
Simon Miedema (Harlingen, 1860 - Rotterdam, 1934) was a Dutch sculptor who studied at the Academy of Visual Arts and Technical Sciences in Rotterdam. Miedema was active in an architectural society, to which he was awarded commissions for sculpture and ornamentation in Renaissance and Louis styles. His style remained 19e century. He has made several sculptures in the Maas city, including the facade images of the White House on the Wijnhaven.